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Biz Markie

Biz Markie's inclination toward juvenile humor and his fondness for goofy, tuneless, half-sung choruses camouflaged his true talents as a freestyle rhymer. The Biz may not have been able to translate his wild rhyming talents to tape, but what he did record was worthwhile in its own way. With his silly humor and inventive, sample-laden productions, he proved that hip-hop could be funny and melodic, without sacrificing its street credibility. His distinctive style made his second album, The Biz Never Sleeps, a gold hit and its single, "Just a Friend," into a Top Ten pop single. While its success made Markie a semistar, it also cursed him. Not only was he consigned as a novelty act, but it brought enough attention that Gilbert O'Sullivan sued him over the unauthorized sample of "Alone Again (Naturally)" on Biz's 1991 album I Need a Haircut. The lawsuit severely cut into Markie's career, and 1993's All Samples Cleared! was the last record he released during the '90s. However, his reputation was restored somewhat in the mid-'90s as the Beastie Boys championed him and other alternative rap groups showed some debt to his wild, careening music.

A native of New York, Biz (born Marcel Hall) first came to prominence in the early '80s, when he began rapping at Manhattan nightclubs like the Funhouse and the Roxy. Biz met producer Marley Marl in 1985, and began working as a human beatbox for Marl-connected acts MC Shan and, later, Roxanne Shanté. He also recorded his first set of demos, and by 1988, had signed with Cold Chillin'. Later that year, he released his debut, Goin' Off, which became a word-of-mouth hit based on the underground hit singles "Vapors," "Pickin' Boogers," and "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz." A year later, he broke into the mainstream when "Just a Friend," a single featuring rapped verses and out-of-tune sang choruses, reached the pop Top Ten, and its accompanying album, The Biz Never Sleeps, went gold.

The Biz Never Sleeps put him near the top of the hip-hop world, but he fell from grace as quickly as he achieved it. Biz's third album, I Need a Haircut, was already shaping up to be a considerable sales disappointment when he was served a lawsuit from Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that the album's "Alone Again" featured an unauthorized sample of his hit "Alone Again (Naturally)." O'Sullivan won the case in a ruling that drastically changed the rules of hip-hop. According to the ruling, Warner Bros., the parent company of Cold Chillin', had to pull I Need a Haircut from circulation, and all companies had to clear samples fully before releasing a hip-hop record. Biz countered with his 1993 album, All Samples Cleared!, but his career had already been hurt by the lawsuit, and the record bombed.

For the remainder of the decade, he kept a low profile, occasionally guesting on records by the Beastie Boys and filming a freestyle television commercial for MTV2 in 1996. The alliance with the Beasties raised his profile considerably, but Biz began DJing instead of continuing to record. Finally, in 2003, he released Weekend Warrior for Tommy Boy, though it was his appearance (and victory) in 2005 on VH1' s Celebrity Fit Club that brought him more attention than the actual record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Weekend Warrior

1. Intro

2. Tear S**t Up

3. Chinese Food

4. Let Me See U Bounce

5. Like A Dream

6. Biz Clownin' (Interlude)

7. Throwback

8. Friends

9. Do Your Thang

10. Country Interlude

11. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

12. Games

13. Not A Freak

14. The Most Finesse

15. Beatbox Interlude

16. For The Dj'z

17. Get Down

18. Ei Ya

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Track List: Biz's Baddest Beats: The Best Of Biz Markie

1. One Two

2. Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz

3. Biz Dance, Pt. 1

4. Nobody Beats The Biz

5. Just Rhymin' With Biz

6. Pickin' Boogers

7. Biz Is Goin' Off

8. Vapors

9. This Is Something For The Radio

10. Just A Friend

11. Spring Again

12. What Comes Around Goes Around

13. Let Me Turn You On

14. Young Girl Bluez

15. The Doo Doo

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Biz is ALWAYS on rotation!!!! ! ! ! !
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The Vapors from Biz ... What's the dopesters phrase or words to cut up to ... I say "nothin' can save ya'". Oh yea .. Come debate that !
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what happened to and you say he just a friend like bruh my faves always leave
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What, no mention of Yo Gabba Gabba?
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Wow bring back maaad memories ✌��
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Biz is the business. Thanks.
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Biz Markie,where are you now?...
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Biz Markie brought fun to the rap game. He took lyrics and made fun with them. Thanks.
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Biz is dope!
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queen2soldie r
Nobody's beats the Biz
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Maybe pandora should correct the lyrics!!!
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Piña
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Say Iphone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on five different songs
Look under your pillow
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Nobody beats da Biz!
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Definitely better than today's crap! Love digital underground too!
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Remember seeing him in college...wh a t a show he was dripping pouring with sweat and knows how to work a crowd
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You, you got what I need...klass i c Biz....make the music wit yo mouth Biz!!!!!
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You you got what I need love this song
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This song is cool. Makes me feel like I'm in the olden days. Lol :)
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j144174
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Just a friend..... Classic!!! Biz singing pours his heart into it!!!!!
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They have the wrong lyrics for "Just a Friend"
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Make the music with your mouth Biz!!!! Rock that shite
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Will be played forever
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Love him! Best eva.
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LOVE THIS SONG!! I ALWAYS LAUGH WHEN HE SAYS... And I asked her if she has a boyfriend, and she nah I he just a friend. And he goes... SMH... Don't give me that!! XD an of course when he says...OH BABY!! YOU GOT WHAT I NEED! The only part that sucked was when poor biz, walks on in her making out with another dude.
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OMG!!! MY JAM!!! Biz you my HOMIE!!!
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Biz long beach new york give u much respect we loved his music the vapors just a friend and we also enjoyed seeing him on television and also nobody beat the biz and make the music with your mouth biz
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leanea127
My mom said this song sounds like the guy sounds like he's on the toilet
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Lol
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Lol miss that song
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Would like to hear some from biz and rizel, and doggie fresh if they haven't done it yet
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Classic! Much respect to Biz Markie
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Promise he's just a friend!
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freitasash77
Biz markie rocks��
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Ooh baby you got what i need,,i remember those days...
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Biz is the wiz of the Hip-hop biz.
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caity_e2
Bryn loves this song and i love him
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Ohhh snap
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It'sgot thatdaystill J a m e s f r o m F r i
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I Luisstoryofc h a m c h m a s k don't now......ido
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Despite me having the flu my nose hearted been close to north have issued a answer life in all to my son .good is gone take me to safe ty s
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You got what I need but you say he's just a friend
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And she's says she's just w friend
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Don't listen when she says your just a friend
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Cool rap song
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Luv!
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True cat
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So true
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